Astronet Science Vision & Infrastructure Roadmap Community Consultation

March 11, 2021, from Natasha Jeffrey

Astronet is a consortium of European funding agencies, established for the purpose of providing advice on long-term planning and development of European Astronomy. Setup in 2005, its members include most of the major European astronomy nations, with associated links to the European Space Agency, the European Southern Observatory, SKA, and the European Astronomical Society, among others. The purpose of the Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap is to deliver a coordinated vision covering the entire breadth of astronomical research, from the origin and early development of the Universe to our own solar system.

The first European Science Vision (https://www.astronet-eu.org/sites/default/files/astronet_sv_for_publication_new_cover_final.pdf) and Infrastructure Roadmap (https://www.astronet-eu.org/sites/default/files/astronet_ir_final_word_doc_for_printing_with_logo.pdf) for Astronomy was created by Astronet, using EU funds, in 2008/09, and updated in 2014/15.

Astronet is now developing a new Science Vision & Infrastructure Roadmap, in a single document with an outlook for the next 20 years. A delivery date to European funding agencies of mid-2021 is anticipated.

The Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap revolves around the research themes listed below:

Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Formation and evolution of galaxies
Formation & Evolution of Stars
Formation & Evolution of Planetary Systems
Understanding the solar system and conditions for life

but will include cross-cutting aspects such as computing and training and sustainability.

After some delays due to the global pandemic, the first drafts of the chapters for the document are now available from the Panels asked to draft them, for you to view and comment on. For the Science Vision & Roadmap to be truly representative it is essential we take account of the views of as much of the European astronomy and space science community as possible – so your input is really valued by the Panels and Astronet.

Please leave any comments, feedback or questions on the site (https://www.astronet-eu.org/) by 1 May.

It is intended that a virtual “town Hall” style event will be held in late Spring 2021, where an update on the project and responses to the feedback will be provided.

Thank you for your input

Malcolm Booy


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